Once upon a time, there was an invisible industry called “The Meetings & Events Industry.” Invisible because nobody knew that, in the US only, it was providing 1.8 million jobs!
When they were attending their company sales meeting, their presidential inauguration, their Super Bowl, their industry tradeshow, their congress session or their shareholder’s meeting, people never realized that hundreds of their compatriots were working days and nights behind the scene so that everything could run smoothly. The ghosts were at work!
At first, they didn’t realize that the venue didn’t light itself alone, the sound was not really “The Voice of God”, the chairs didn’t move themselves like in Fantasia, the invitations were not sent by Cinderella’s Aunt, the speakers worked hard to be as inspiring as Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, their hotel room was clean and ready to welcome them, their smartphone was connected to the web or they could review the conference content afterward from the comfort of their living room. The ghosts had specialties!
Then one day, one of them heard that his niece, her daughter, his cousin, his grandson, had graduated from an “Event Management Program” at a very well known university. Although they were still not quite sure “what exactly they were doing,” they realized that the ghosts were alive and kicking! The profession was taking shape.
Education and certification are essentials.
Today, there are more than 10,000 CMP’s worldwide. More than 10,000 individuals who have decided to complete the “Certified Meeting Professional” certification. Then to recertify through industry service or by consuming educational content. They speak the same language, they make sure your event runs smoothly and that your organization’s objectives are met. From AV to cultural differences in business, they have a vast array of specialties they bring to your event so that you look great on stage or have an amazing and unique experience at the meeting you’re attending.
Next time you see me, shake my hand, I’m a CMP, a certified ghost, I make you look good, and I’m proud of it!
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